Pressure Groups

What is a pressure group?

A pressure group is an organized group of people that aims to influence th epolicies and aims of the government

Usaully defined by 3 key feautres:

  • They seek to exert influence from outside, rather than to win or exercise government power.
  • They typically have a narrow issue focus (In some cases, focus on a single issue. For Example, opposing planning and development)
  • Their members are united by a single belief in a particular cause or common set of interests.

Sometimes, pressure groups and political parties are confused. For many reasons:

  • Many small political parties resemble resemble pressure groups in that they have a narrow…


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